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4.6 out of 5 stars

VINE VOICEon 12 January 2013
I can't remember when or where I first saw this film, but I was fairly young and the memory of it has stayed with me. I have been waiting a long time for it to be made available on DVD and it was certainly worth the wait. The story is simple enough; a middle-class family in need of money and a young boy with a rocking horse who finds he can pick winners. It could be the plot for an Ealing comedy, but this is dark with a theme of innocence exploited and the insatiable need to live up to some sort of standard that will baulk at nothing, not bullying, nor shame to maintain it. It is also about luck and the insouciance that seems to draw it - a kind of innocence, that is lost when demands are put upon it. Needless to say, the price for good fortune is greater than any gain and the story takes on something of the morality of a fairy tale; opportunity wasted along with all that is good. This is a film, once watched, will not be easily forgotten and the tensions that build up in it are truly emotional; acting is good as is the staging and lighting - a masterpiece of British cinema and not to be missed.
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on 25 October 2015
First saw this in the 1960s on TV and had forgotten just how scary John Howard Davies's performance was. He was superb as Oliver Twist but I think his performance in this was even better. A true classic Brit film. 5 stars for movie and the prompt delivery of the DVD. Thanks
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on 25 March 2017
Great old movie....which I've never seen before. Good story. Great to have in DVD collection
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on 2 August 2014
First time for me. I love thrillers and chillers. This was different, original and mesmerising. Superb acting throughout and from a great director. Direction is ALWAYS important in this genre. Bad direction makes a bad film. This certainly isn't - far from it.
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on 7 February 2017
Great. Must have for any classic horror collector.
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on 27 June 2016
Having read the book, many moons ago now, it was good to see the film adaptation.
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on 31 October 2014
This is a very well made and acted film, it is british film making at its best, it is the story of parents greed and the results it had on the children, excellant film.
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on 10 November 2016
What can I say. Still excellent.
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on 4 March 2017
Great film
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on 8 October 2015
This is such a good film considering its a b movie its quite scary and very well acted
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